UPCOMING EVENTS

The Umstead Coalition 
Celebrating Umstead State Park since 1934!
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Events

We've highlighted some of our annual events below. Check out our Event Calendar to see all of our events!

WALK/RUN/BIKE FOR UMSTEAD

The 2020 Walk, Run Bike for Umstead event will be on Saturday, April 18. 

Enjoy a great day on park trails with a 4-mile walk/run or 4, 7 or 12-mile bike tour. Our annual event includes runners, walkers, babies in strollers and pets on leashes. 

Participants are serenaded along the route by supporters and musicians and greeted at the finish with great snacks and acoustic music from the stage. There are children's activities, a silent auction, food trucks and more. All funds raised are used for the benefit of Umstead State Park.

Learn more about the event, volunteer opportunities or register now

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UMSTEAD MARATHON

The 17th Annual Umstead Marathon will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at William B. Umstead State Park. This is Carolina Godiva Track Club's main event and allows us to support trail running in the Triangle while supporting Umstead State Park.

If you don't plan to register but will be around on March 7th, please pencil in volunteering for the marathon into your calendar. We always need at least 100 volunteers to make this race happen. 

Hope to see on on March 7th as either a runner or as a volunteer. Click here to register.

Call for Volunteers

The 17th Annual Umstead Trail Marathon is coming on March 7, 2020, and we need your help. Why should you volunteer? You make a difference being out there. The runners consistently praise the Umstead Marathon for having some of the best race volunteers. A smile and a little bit of cheering goes a long way.

The Umstead Marathon race has given over $35K to the Umstead Coalition since its inception.

It's fun! You get to enjoy being in the great outdoors with other like-minded people.
We need over 100 volunteers to put on a successful race.

Please consider spending March 7, 2020 in beautiful Umstead State Park supporting the runners, the Umstead Coalition, and the Carolina Godiva Track Club. Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Annual Photo & Illustration Contests

Photography Contest

The 2020 “Photo Contest - Catch the Spirit of William B. Umstead State Park” Exhibit will feature photography of the Park, its structures and nature, so get out your cameras, pick out your best shots and submit an entry to our contest. The submission deadline is May 24, 2020. 

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Photo credit: Gregory Diamond, 2017 Umstead Photo Contest

Adult Photography Categories

Entries are limited to one per category.

1. Where are Your Footprints?

People doing Park activities, or evidence of people doing Park activities

2. Stories in Stone

Remnants and structures of the Park history

3. In the Wild

Park flora and fauna

Youth Photography Categories

Youth are 16 years old and under. Youth will have the same categories as adults, but will be judged together rather than by category. 

Prizes

First, Second and  Honorable Mention winners will receive the following:

  • Feature in a special exhibit at the Umstead State Park Visitor Center
  • Complimentary Umstead State Park calendar
  • One-year household membership for The Umstead Coalition
  • Winning photo posted on The Umstead Coalition website

    Catch the Spirit of Umstead State Park Exhibit

    Winners are encouraged to attend the exhibit reception, which is open to the public. The reception will take place  on June 27,  2020 from 2pm - 4pm in the Umstead State Park Visitor’s Center, 8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617.

    Registration

    Registration is available now. The deadline for submissions is May 24, 2020. Register now

    Rules and Waiver

    Photos must be taken in Umstead State Park to be eligible. Your photo can be taken at anytime, so you can take new photos or look through your treasure trove of past photos. See the contest rules and waiver here.

    Illustration Contest

    Image credit: Leisa-Marie Hume, The goal of our annual illustration contest is to showcase some of the wonders of Umstead State Park using graphic illustrations. Winning illustrations will be featured on displays at the Park Visitor Center, commemorative t-shirts and similar items to support our Park. The submission deadline is May 24, 2020.

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    Illustrations (drawings) featuring or inspired by plants, animals, landscape or historic features within Umstead State Park will be accepted.  Please submit your graphic illustration as an Illustrator file compatible with CS5, but we will accept EPS, JPG, TIP or Photoshop.

    Prizes

    Multiple winners are possible. Winning entries will receive:

    • Featured display at Park Visitor Center
    • Featured illustration on items supporting the Park (e.g., t-shirts, canvas bags, note cards)
    • Complimentary Umstead State Park calendar
    • One-year household membership for The Umstead Coalition
    • Winning graphic posted on The Umstead Coalition website
    • Catch the Spirit of Umstead State Park Exhibit
    Winners are encouraged to attend the exhibit reception, which is open to the public. The reception will take place  on June 27,  2020 from 2pm - 4pm in the Umstead State Park Visitor’s Center, 8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617.

    Registration

    Registration is available now. The deadline for submissions is May 24, 2020. Register now

    Rules and Waiver

    See the contest rules and waiver here.

    Past Photo & Illustration Contest Winners

    2018 Winners

    2017 Winners

    2016 Winners

    2015 Winners



    2014 Winners

    The Umstead Coalition

    We are dedicated to preserving the natural integrity of William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Corridor.